Sahar Jahani

Screenwriter / Producer

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Sahar Jahani is a first-generation Iranian-American screenwriter/producer raised in the San Fernando Valley. She first gained interest in media and representation after interning for the Muslim Public Affairs Council’s Hollywood Bureau, where she consulted on several projects including Disney’s PRINCE OF PERSIA. Since then, she interned in creative development at CBS Films and Paramount Pictures. After earning a degree in Film & Media Studies, and Literary Journalism from UC Irvine, she began working in digital production at YouTube Space LA.

Driven by a desire for the better, more nuanced representation of characters in film and television, she shifted focus from production to creative development, and currently works as a Creative Coordinator for YouTube Red Originals. She is also pursuing a masters in Film and Television Screenwriting at Stephens College, a program focused on increasing the voices and impact of women in television and film. Her first short film, GREY MATTER, was awarded the 2017 Islamic Scholarship Fund Film Grant.

In this interview, which is part of NewFilmmaker Los Angeles' Stage 5 series in partnership with MovieMaker Magazine, Sahar discusses how she made her short film despite limited resources, and the importance of telling stories about rarely seen cultures in film.